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UPDATE:Shorter Avenue Back Open after Chemical Spill in Rome

Apr 05, 2013 -- 2:06pm

By: Kevin Karel & Andrew Carter & Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)

UPDATE 11:05pm: 

As the stalled vehicle is atop a railroad, Norfolk Southern stepped in and dispatched a hazmat team to clean up the site. They will work through the night to drain the vehicle of its toxic chemicals so they can safely set the truck back on its wheels. 

After containing the site, first responders were unsure of how to remove the truck off the roadway without rupturing the tank further. Their first thought was to employ a crane to remove the vehicle, but there were fears of the tank cracking and leaking more hazardous material into the area.  
UPDATE 6:19pm: 

A portion of Shorter Avenue between Elm St. and Burnett Ferry was closed for over an hour Friday afternoon as emergency crews worked to cleanup a toxic chemical spill.

City police are saying the spill occurred when a tanker-truck carrying the hazardous materials slipped into a ditch and overturned on north Sycamore St. 

Rome City Police Sergeant Barnett told WRGA that a crane had been called in to lift the tanker off the tracks. 
“We set up a sand barrier in-case the tank erupts and spills,” she said. “We want everyone to stay away from the area because it has acid and it certainly could cause some harm if ingested.” 
North Scyamore St. remains closed until further notice.   

UPDATE 2:35 PM:  Rome Fire Department Battalion Chief Milton Wilson says the chemical which was spilled is a toxic and corrosive material.  All citizens should avoid the area.  

The driver accidentally ran into a ditch, causing the spill.  There is no timetable for the cleanup. 

Surrounding homes and businesses are being evacuated.

UPDATE:  North Sycamore Street is closed between North Elm Street and Shorter Avenue.  

There is no word from officials on what the chemical is that has spilled or whether it is toxic.

Police are keeping a 200-foot perimeter around the overturned tanker-truck.

Original Story: 

Emergency crews have responded to a chemical spill in Rome that is near Shorter Avenue and Elm Street.  The spill occurred around 1:45 pm.  

There appears to be no one hurt at this time.  Traffic is likely to be delayed on Shorter Avenue and the surrounding areas as the mess is cleaned up.  

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